"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
The Quietus MARCH 31, 2009 - by Julian Marszalek
PET SHOP BOYS TO WORK WITH BRIAN ENO?
They speak to The Quietus about past collaboration and possible future plans.
Well, we had another sit down with the duo a few days later and got to the bottom of what had become of the sessions with the legendary producer.
"We discovered that Brian Eno was in St. Petersburg, and flew over for a few days and we kept going back," Neil Tennant told The Quietus. "This was when we were planning our musical Closer To Heaven, and we asked if he was interested in producing it.
"We did a day with Brian in the studio, and his idea was to humanise the electronics, which was a good idea, we played keyboards live and it was quite interesting. It all fizzled out, which was a shame really as we were all quite into it. I think what Brian does is he helps people write songs, and we arrived with twelve songs."
Chris Lowe added that he thought the sessions could have been more fruitful: "we should have turned up with nothing," he said. With this in mind, Pet Shop Boys seem to be keen to reopen a relationship with the producer. "Maybe that's an idea for album for us, where we go to Brian Eno to write songs," said Tennant.
"We always have all these songs, and it'd be an interesting starting point to go with nothing, a blank sheet," Lowe added. "And Brian Eno would definitely be a person to do that with."